Buhari Wins 2019 Elections!

Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected president after winning the 2019 presidential election polling 15,191,847 votes.

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner-up.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, announced Buhari the winner of the election and returned him as duly elected.

“I, Professor Mahmood Yakubu hereby certify that I was the returning officer for the election held on the 23rd of February, 2019.

“That Muhammadu Buhari having satisfied the requirements of the law, having scored the highest number of votes is hereby returned elected.”

Professor Yakubu said the Certificate of Return would be issued to the winners later today, at 2 p.m.

President Buhari won in 19 states, securing the statutorily required 25 percent of votes cast in 24 or more of the 36 states. He won in Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kwara, Osun, Ekiti, Bauchi, Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Katsina, Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara states.

Whereas Atiku Abubakar won 17 states and the FCT; Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Ondo, Adamawa, Taraba, Oyo, Edo, Benue, Imo, Plateau, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and the FCT.

In total, there were 73 presidential candidates on the ballot in an election marred by low voter turnout (35.7 percent; less than the 44 percent recorded in 2015).

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